Children's Book Festival at BookBar

Calling all readers! Mark your calendars for BookBar's First Annual Children's Book Festival. Bring the whole family to celebrate all things kid-lit. Meet award-winning Colorado and visiting authors & illustrators at a festival of readings and story times, illustration and writing workshops, a carnival of our bookish community partners, magic, food and more! Dress up as your favorite books character for a prize. Kids and their families of all ages are welcome. Read, snack, and discover new favorite books to share. 

10 AM - 2 PM: Readings, story times, face painting, magic, festival food, mingling with our community partners in literacy, and more throughout the day

11 AM: Illustration Workshop with Cathy Morrison 

12 PM: Writing Workshop with Denver Writes 

1:30 PM: Mini concert with children's band, Snack Time

Readings and story times will be performed throughout the day at BookBar by the following authors and illustrators

About Jason Gallher:
JASON GALLAHER is a children’s book writer who fell in love with detective work while watching episodes
of Blue’s Clues. He solved the mystery of what to do when he grew up and became an author when he learned being
a merman is impossible (at least for now). Jason lives in Austin, Texas, with his Pomeranian, Pom Brokaw, who is a
super sleuth when it comes to finding treats. Visit Jason online at, subscribe to his bookish
adventures on YouTube at, and find him on social media @DraftingJason.

About Amy Dominy:

AMY FELLNER DOMINY is an author of teen and tween novels, including DIE FOR YOU, A MATTER OF HEART,
AUDITION &SUBTRACTION, and OyMG, a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Teens. Amy is a former advertising
copywriter and earned an MFA in playwriting. Her plays for adults and children have been staged across the
country. Amy lives with her family in Phoenix, AZ. Visit her online at or on Twitter at

About Melissa Savage:

Melissa Savage is the author of Lemons and a child and family therapist. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. You can follow Melissa on Twitter at @melissadsavage, and visit her at

About Jean Hanson:

Jean Hanson's essays and short stories have appeared in numerous magazines, including North American Review, Zoetrope, Indiana Review, Nimrod, New Letters,and Alaska Quarterly Review. She has received a Pushcart Prize nomination, an artist fellowship in fiction from the Colorado Council on the Arts, the Hackney Prize, the Writers Repertory Award, the Literal Latte Essay Prize, and a Writers Exchange Award from Poets & Writers. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop. Jean Hanson has published award-winning short stories and essays for adults. The 5,000 Friends of Veronica Veetch is her first children’s book. She lives with thousands of "friends" and two clever cockatoos.

About Todd Mitchell:

Todd Mitchell is an award-winning author and teacher. His books include The Last Panther (Random House), The Traitor King (Scholastic Press), The Secret to Lying (Candlewick, Colorado Book Award Winner), Backwards (Candlewick, CAL Award Winner), and A Flight of Angels (DC Comics, YALSA Top 10 Pick for Teens). He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with his wife, dog, and two wise daughters.You can visit him at

About Heather Preussner:

Heather Preusser earned a BA in English and art history from Williams College, an MA in education from the University of Colorado, and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine. In her debut picture book, A SYMPHONY OF COWBELLS (Sleeping Bear Press, March 2017), a Swiss dairy cow loses her bell and disrupts the harmony of the herd. When not writing, Heather teaches high school English, bikes the European countryside, and attempts to learn ridiculously long German words. She and her husband reside in Colorado. She can also be found online at and on Twitter @HeatherPreusser.

About Dow Phumiruk:

Dow Phumiruk is a general pediatrician with a passion for art. She lives in Colorado with her husband and three girls. When she is not teaching medical students or drawing, she can be found hiking on the trails near her home. Maya Lin is her picture book debut. Visit her online at

About Donna Cooner:

 Donna Cooner was born and raised in Texas. She is a three time graduate of Texas A&M University. A former teacher and school administrator, she now teaches teachers and principals at Colorado State University where she is the director of the School of Teacher Education and Principal Preparation. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her two labs and a cat named Stu. She's a big fan of chocolate and laughing (not necessarily in that order).

Donna is the author of over twenty picture books and was a founding member of the Brazos Valley Society of Children's Bookwriters and Illustrators. She has also written children's television shows for PBS and textbooks for future teachers. SKINNY is her debut novel for young adults. Find her online at

Illustration Workshop with Cathy Morrison at 11 AM

About Cathy Morrison:

Cathy Morrison is a children’s book illustrator passionate about nature, science and the environment. Combining her degrees in fine arts and education along with her background in animation and graphic design, she now researches and digitally illustrates “creative nonfiction” picture books that read as a story, but are based on facts. These books feature additional classroom guides, downloadable activity sheets and related websites so the curious reader can continue to explore the topic. Award winning titles are published by Arbordale Publishing and Dawn Publications. Find her online here.

Writing Workshop with Denver Writes at 12 PM

About Denver Writes:

We get kids to write!
Our mission is to provide young writers in the Denver area with a supportive community and creative opportunities to express themselves through writing. We achieve this by offering monthly workshops, intensive and expeditionary summer camps, and free after-school tutoring. Learn more about Denver Writes here.

Mini Concert with Snack Time at 1:30 PM

About Snack Time:

Snack Time answers the question everyone has been asking-- “What would happen if a group of elementary school kids found a secret recording studio under the playground at recess?” In the imagination of former elementary teacher Chris DeWitt, the result is a set of high-energy, positive, and inclusive tunes that sound like the perfect blend of The Ramones and Raffi. Definitely one of Denver's must hear acts for the 5-10 year old set. Learn more about Snack Time here.


Event date: 
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
4280 Tennyson St.
Denver, CO 80212
Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250112491
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 2nd, 2017

The 5,000 Friends of Veronica Veetch Cover Image
By Jean Hanson, Launie Parry (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781934649275
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Published: Bailiwick Press - September 15th, 2017

Baby on Board: How Animals Carry Their Young Cover Image
ISBN: 9781584695936
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Published: Dawn Publications (CA) - March 1st, 2017

Skinny Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545427647
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Published: Point - March 25th, 2014

Can't Look Away Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545427661
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - January 26th, 2016

Worthy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545903936
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Published: Point - March 28th, 2017

The Last Panther Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399555589
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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - August 22nd, 2017

Whobert Whover, Owl Detective Cover Image
By Jason Gallaher, Jess Pauwels (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481462716
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - July 18th, 2017

Cookiesaurus Rex Cover Image
ISBN: 9781484767443
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 26th, 2017

Lemons Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524700126
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - May 2nd, 2017

A Symphony of Cowbells Cover Image
ISBN: 9781585369683
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Published: Sleeping Bear Press - March 15th, 2017